Masaaki Yuasa, the director of Devilman Crybaby and Lu Over the Wall, is back. His latest film, Kimito Namini Noretara (Riding a Wave With You) is due out June 21, and the first trailer has just been released.
The film features the vocal talents of Ryota Kayayose, a member of male pop group Generations from Exile Tribe, and Rina Kawaei, formerly of AKB48.
Generations from Exile Tribe is also supplying the film’s theme song, “Brand New Story,” which is featured in the trailer.
The film is a love story between a couple, Hinako and Minato, which takes a turn when Minato loses his life at sea. When Hinako sings a song about their memories together, however, Minato reappears from the water.
Here’s how Yuasa described the film when it was unveiled last year:
Whether it’s in work or in life, we often feel like we’re “riding a wave.” The phrase “good intentions” ties into that, but waves don’t bend to our desires. We pick our wave and try to ride it. Flow with it. We don’t know if that wave is going to take us where we want to go until we’re done riding it. You can think all you want, but you won’t know until you try. In this tough world, it’s about choosing the best wave you can. I wanted to take a character who’s pure and let them surf.